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The Next Level

4: Facilities and location

On the Sunday it was great to see the centre buzzing with a Sailability group having an absolutely fantastic time, and it’s also used a lot for school groups and other children. Rockley Point Sailing Centre is located adjacent to Rockley Caravan Park, in the northwest corner of Poole Harbour. The water used by the centre is secluded, sheltered and picturesque, just across from Brownsea Island.

The centre itself, a broad L-shaped cabin, seems basic but is adequate for the little time spent indoors. As with most training centres, classroom-based instruction was kept to a minimum. The only thing I personally would have liked was lockers: there were ample changing room areas for men and woman, with showers and toilets, but any valuables had to be handed in at reception. This in itself wouldn’t concern me, but the atmosphere at the centre is quite laid back and relaxed and at times I was slightly concerned with my possessions being kept behind a sometimes unmanned reception area.

Some of the equipment also looked as if it was ready for replacement. However, I couldn’t fault the instructors who looked after me, although it would have been nice to have the same person over the two days.

Healthy food was provided at lunch, and a little café next door was also a nice place to go and sit with a drink or ice cream by the water. There was also definitely a real beach holiday atmosphere about the place, so the weekend really felt like a mini vacation.

With thanks to:
Rockley Watersports

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